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Depression, bipolar and trying to stay sober for richer or poorer

I think I would like to go to rehab.

I didn’t go to rehab when I got sober in 1998. I went to the local AA clubhouse, which was a former Shriner’s clubhouse with a spiffy wood bar (promptly converted to a coffee shop) and a meeting room that seemed large ¬†enough to drive around in little cars. I love my AA clubhouse and have had some wonderful times there. It had a major overhaul a couple of years ago and now features a nice pool table, a flat, large screen television above a fireplace, pin ball machines, a public access computer, and a lovely little cafe. Did I mention the coffee? We have cappuccino, too.

Still, I think it might be kind of nice to go to rehab. I don’t need it but I hear other recovering alcoholics talk about their rehabs like they’re sororities or ¬†spas and I think I could use 30 days to “work on myself” … and my tan. I got the idea while trying to plan a vacation. I wanted to find a resort or spa for recovered alcoholics. A place where we could go and continue and expand our programs with lectures and seminars and yoga and massages and pedicures and really great healthy food. Meetings morning, noon and night. Movies. Tennis. Group meditations and long walks on the beach. Wouldn’t that be great?

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  1. Hi Christine,
    Thanks for this post.

    I could never afford rehab. I got to the point where my sobriety could not be threatened simply because others didn’t agree that I am on meds. I have heard about the dual and triple diagnoses as well and have been around long enough to believe it.

    I have panic disorder and depression and hypothyroidism plus I am in AA. I deserve to be sober as much as the guy next to me who is in AA and is also diabetic and a gambler. There is no difference.

    You answered your own question in your post: Stick with others who are dually diagnosed. That’s what I do. And one day at a time, I remain clean and sober.


  2. Rancho de Caldera in the mountains of Panama is a year round sober eco-resort.

  3. Here in Northern California, most 12-steppers, at least the ones in my meetings, are on anti-depressants. I did a stint in rehab (scrub toilets of men with DTs anyone?) and they don’t prescribe Xanax (or any of the “fun” drugs); I roomed with a girl who used Xanax as her drug of choice. There are “safe” and “unsafe” meds; a good treatment center will know the difference.

    Thank you for the post. Now that I’m clean and sober, I would like to go back to rehab. I just didn’t appreciate it at the time. It’s like youth being wasted on the young; rehab is wasted on the drunks.


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